- Series: A Rex Nihilo Adventure (Book 1)
- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: 47North (May 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477818480
- ISBN-13: 978-1477818480
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written nine more novels and learned to play the guitar very poorly.
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Does that sound familiar?
Kroese hits all the nuances of classic stories from a mysticism that dominates the galaxy, to a highly improbable (and highly inept) clone army.
That being said, a fantastic tale that is fun to read, slightly predictable, entirely funny, not too obviously wrapped in an old story. Yet, still maintains unique characters, fresh wit, subtle jibes at convention, and a deceptively subtle and complex plotline. The story stands completely on it's own. Any resemblance to other famous stories is, I am sure, completely coincidental.
Fun for young adults and older.
Whereas the DIS books were send-ups of epic fantasy but still had some serious moments in them, 'Starship Grifters' is one big send-up. Like the original 'Airplane' -- but on steroids. There is a plot, but it would be impossible to discuss it without getting bogged down in minutiae. Much like the Hitchhiker series by Douglas Adams, so many things seem to happen arbitrarily (and hilariously), but they do eventually make some sort of sense. The books in Kroese's Mercury series often felt like they were veering "this close" to going over the edge and losing control, but 'Starship Grifters' says "whatever" and jumps head-first over the edge. Without a parachute. The best thing to do is let go of preconceptions and go with it.
I won't say the book is a laugh-a-minute riot, but maybe every every two minutes. I laughed out loud a lot. Cackled, even. Feedback from friends for whom I bought the book was similar. One friend said he almost wet himself from laughing so hard. There are in-joked galore for the various SF fandoms (Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr Who, etc.) but even if you're not familiar with all of those, you'll enjoy the books. (I, for one, am not familiar with Dr Who, so when a friend pointed those out to me, I had a deeper understanding of them -- but they were still funny, even without that inside knowledge.)
So, with that, I'll just say, if you have read the Mercury books and enjoyed them, or if you like Douglas Adams, or if you like space opera and have a sense of humor about it and won't get your feelings hurt by a book that pokes gentle fun at some of the inherent absurdities in the genre, you are a good candidate for enjoying 'Starship Grifters.' It's insane, absurd, out of control, and absolutely hilarious.
...what was i saying? (Ok, if you've read the book, you'll totally get that LOL! but, then again, if you've read the book why would you be reading the reviews AFTER the fact?!)
Anyway...Mr. Kroese has now got a fan for life. Wish the book hadn't ended. I was literally laughing out loud at times. Thank you for that!
The story careens from one wild situation to another as Rex, whose brilliance and audacity is matched only by his amorality, attempts to scheme his way to wealth and stay out of the cross hairs of Imperial forces, relentless debt-collectors, a beautiful and deadly bounty hunter, and sundry other enemies. No sooner do his plans inevitably backfire than he sets course on a fresh con.
Along the way he meets a host of familiar character types given a hilarious inversion. A diminutive but sadistic Imperial warlord in the mold of Rick Moranis in Spaceballs, a cracked lunatic who is also a knight of a mystical but somewhat contradictory force, and a collection of redshirts readers can't help but feel sorry for.
But it's the dynamic between Rex and Sasha that highlights the story, with Sasha's droll commentary and observations the perfect counterpoint to Rex's wild Id.
In terms of quality I'd put this book at a level of some of Pratchett's, and that's not a comparison I make likely. I'll be keeping an eye on his author.
Five stars, and deserves every one.
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